My Face in the Light by UEA alumna Martha Schabas has been longlisted for the 2022 Toronto Book Awards, which are worth $10,000 to the winner and $1,000 to each shortlisted author. It was published by Knopf earlier this year. Martha studied ballet, theatre and political science before joining the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. She graduated in 2007 as the recipient of that year’s David Higham Award, and subsequently gained an MA in English Literature from Queen’s University (Canada). Her first novel, Various Positions, was published in 2012 and shortlisted for an Evergreen Fiction Award and named a book of the year by The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and NOW Magazine. Her essays, arts criticism and short fiction have appeared in several Canadian journals and magazines, and she has been The Globe and Mail’s dance critic since 2015. The shortlist for the Toronto Book Awards will be announced on 25 September and the winner in 16 November.